Saturday 14 December 2019

Solidarity

• On Saturday, the RTE nine o'clock news covered the Unite For Life vigil that was attended by over 25,000 people in Dublin.

After the coverage, we were given an analysis of the significance of the event by Joe Little, who was sitting in the studio. As Joe saw it, the vigil was the latest battle in a war of attrition that has being going on between church and State since the publication of the Cloyne Report, the attack by Enda Kenny on the Vatican, and the recent declaration by the archbishops that the direct termination of the life of the unborn was morally wrong.

Not only was this 'analysis' wildly off the mark, it denigrated and misrepresented the true significance of the event for the tens of thousands who participated.

We participated because abortion is a human rights issue.

We participated because we wished to stand in solidarity with the smallest and the most vulnerable human beings in our society.

We participated because we fear that Fine Gael will renege on its pro-life promise, denying the duty of care it owes to both the pregnant mother and her unborn child.

This was no squabble between church and State. Those who attended the vigil heard speaker after speaker defend the right to life of the unborn on purely humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Kieran Troy
Newtown, Rahan Tullamore, Co Offaly

• I would like an opportunity to ask Terry Healy of Kill, Co Kildare and the 22,000 people who marched in Dublin on Saturday night this: if Savita Halappanavar was their daughter, sister or wife, what would their decision be?

Pauline Lally
Raheny, Dublin 5

Irish Independent

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